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How Long Does it Take to Find a Surrogate?

*Video Courtesy of American Surrogacy

Key Points:
  • Surrogacy agencies match families and surrogates anywhere between 30 days – 2 years. The best agencies can offer average wait times of 1 - 6 months.
  • The right agency that only works with qualified surrogates means you’ll quickly match with a surrogate ready to move forward in the process.
  • Maintaining a balanced list of fully screened surrogates and families keeps your wait time to find a surrogate low.

With the Right Agency, You Don’t Have to Wait

Couples like you don’t deserve to wait to become parents. That’s why we’ve reviewed the top agencies to show you which ones offer the shortest wait times for finding a surrogate.

The first step to finding a surrogate is connecting with a professional.

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Until then, there are two key factors in finding a surrogate quickly:

  • Marketing and outreach.
  • How many surrogates an agency works with, and how well they are screened.

The three agencies we’ve found provide the most marketing and outreach to more surrogate candidates for quick matching include:

  • American Surrogacy: Average wait time for connecting with a surrogate is 1 - 6 months.
  • Circle Surrogacy: Average wait time for matching is 4 months.
  • Growing Generations: Average wait time to find a surrogate is 12–18 months.

Many agencies simply don’t reach enough surrogates, resulting in longer delays in finding a match. These agencies offer short wait times because their level of marketing finds more candidates that they then screen to narrow down the most highly qualified.

Families may choose smaller, local agencies, but need to understand that those professionals are less likely to find surrogates quickly because they don’t have the marketing and outreach.


When an agency can't or won't prove their wait times, it can be a red flag.

A Highly Qualified Surrogate Impacts How Long it Takes

The time it takes to find a surrogate is directly impacted by their qualifications and readiness to move forward in the process.

What does that mean for you?

  • Work with an agency that reaches more surrogate candidates.
  • Find an agency that pre-screens surrogates so that you aren’t forced to wait for that process to complete after matching.

The agencies listed above offer more marketing to reach more surrogate candidates. Then, a thorough screening process prior to matching ensures that your surrogate is cleared medically and psychologically to get accepted by the clinic and start the medical process.

Compare that to many other agencies that don’t pre-screen, limiting their candidates and asking families to wait while their surrogate undergoes additional screening to get qualified—which may not happen.

Choosing the right agency and assessing their screening process is important because it directly impacts your wait time.

We independently review surrogacy agencies and their screening process, so contact us online to learn more about who provides pre-screening to lower the time it takes to find a surrogate.

A Balanced List Helps You Find a Surrogate Faster

We understand that couples like you don’t want to compete with a large list of families for a small list of surrogates.

That only means longer wait times. So, wondering how long it takes to find a surrogate is directly connected to understanding an agency’s list of clients.

The bottom line:

  • An unbalanced list means you’re competing against more families for fewer available surrogates.
  • Because the surrogate list is small and unbalanced, it likely means there are fewer qualified candidates.

An agency that keeps a 1:1 ratio of hopeful couples and qualified surrogates lowers the time it takes for you to find the perfect surrogate for your family.

As you can see, the time it takes to find a surrogate is directly tied to the services your agency provides. Quick matching from a balanced list of families and highly qualified surrogates means you get to become parents faster.

Learn more about how long it takes to find a surrogate and how you can get started today by contacting us online.

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